Former Chargers tight end Antonio Gates thinks Deshaun Watson will play in the NFL again, despite the multitude of sexual assault allegations made against the Texans quarterback.
“He seems like a good dude. Obviously, he made some — I don’t even know if he made these mistakes,” Gates told TMZ. “But, if he did, hopefully he can recover from them. This is the land of the free. You always get second chances.”
Gates is most likely a future Hall of Famer. He can appreciate a good QB, so he can appreciate Watson the player. But the Watson ordeal very well could keep him out of the NFL for 2021, regardless of how it turns out.
Prior to the accusations, Watson reportedly wanted a trade out of Houston, and he now seems likely to get one, no matter what happens next. But Gates seems to think Watson will eventually play somewhere.
“I do,” Gates said. “He’s too good of a player, so I do. Hopefully, when all this unfolds, we’ll see how it goes.”
For the latest on Watson case, check out Meg Turner’s piece on OutKick right here.